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askguru expert
Hi Jame, thanks for writing to us on AskGuru.

A maisonette refers to a two-storey apartment. As such, they tend to be much larger in size compared to standard apartment units, with the living room, dining area and kitchen located on the first level, while the bedrooms are situated on the second floor. The Housing and Development Board (HDB) stopped building executive maisonettes due to the introduction of executive condominiums, which are a private-public housing hybrid. On the other hand, a duplex is usually used to describe two apartments located next to each other with separate entrances and housing different families. Such homes are much more common in the United States.

This shouldn't really affect your investment view as there are other more important factors to consider such as location, proximity to schools and public transportation, rentability, and potential for capital appreciation.

Hope this answers your question.

Best Regards,

Team PropertyGuru
askguru expert
Hi Jame, thanks for writing to us on AskGuru.

A maisonette refers to a two-storey apartment. As such, they tend to be much larger in size compared to standard apartment units, with the living room, dining area and kitchen located on the first level, while the bedrooms are situated on the second floor. The Housing and Development Board (HDB) stopped building executive maisonettes due to the introduction of executive condominiums, which are a private-public housing hybrid. On the other hand, a duplex is usually used to describe two apartments located next to each other with separate entrances and housing different families. Such homes are much more common in the United States.

This shouldn't really affect your investment view as there are other more important factors to consider such as location, proximity to schools and public transportation, rentability, and potential for capital appreciation.

Hope this answers your question.

Best Regards,

Team PropertyGuru
Ken Tan
Hi Jame,

Duplex originally refer to houses designed to house 2 family homes. In the local context, its being referred to house/condo with 2 levels. This is the same as Maisonette in local terms.

Walk up apt refer to units or buildings with no elevators.

Investment views - really subjective. Too many factors to consider for a subject this vague.

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